Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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Updates during this time of pandemic and resources to use at home

  • Our curate Laura was ordained Deacon on Friday 25th September at St Petrocs in Bodmin at 11.30. You can watch a recording of the service on Facebook – click on this link https://www.facebook.com/TruroDiocese

For other details click here




  • Our churches are still open, our position is unchanged. For locations and details click here – we look forward to seeing you!
  • All services will follow government guidelines as follows:
    • Social distancing – please sit 2m or more apart using marked pews or seats as they are positioned
    • Please use hand sanitiser provided on entering and leaving the church
    • Wearing of face covering is required
    • No singing – we may have some music to hum along to!
    • Communion will be with wafers only
    • Services will be on wipe clean laminated sheets – please leave on the seat at the end of the service
  • Our online services will continue, led by Rev Lynn and other worship leaders using Zoom software. These include morning and evening prayer and are on most days of the week. Click here for details. Please contact Rev Lynn if you would like to join us.
  • Our churches are also open for private prayers and visitors, click here for details.
  • Huge Thank You to Sacha and Sandra for their generous donation of new chairs to St Nicolas Church, Downderry.
  • Pub theology is back in September….click here for details
  • Big Thank You to all who helped families in Downderry that were in financial need! Click here for more details.
  • Lynn’s letter for September and the monthly newsletter can be found here
  • Preparation for the deferred APCM (Annual Parish Meeting) start with a PCC meeting at St Germans Priory after the service on 13th September. The APCM itself will be held in early October.
  • A booklet of prayers during the pandemic can be downloaded here: Outbreak Prayer Book Digital Single Pages 2 April_0

Other online options

The Truro Diocese all age session at 9.30 on Facebook continue on a Sunday as usual! There is now a rota for these sessions that will still include Bishop Philip and Ruth.

Or you could still listen to one of the many radio options – Radio 4, Radio Cornwall offer services on a Sunday around 8am.

Or you could look at: Church of England website – or at many churches and cathedrals up and down the country!

A very good resource is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

Browse a whole range of prayers you can choose from to read – or listen to:

Or using your computer, tablet or phone (as you prefer) and from your web browser access morning and evening prayer using this link:

Click here and choose what you need.

To read or hear the prayer for today, click on this link: http://cofe.io/TodaysPrayer

Browse around the various pages and you’re sure to find something that interests you.

Alternatively download an App for your tablet or phone. Church House Publishing or provide a number of these Apps and these can be downloaded from https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer

If you have any difficulties with the daily prayer or have any questions please email and we’ll try to help.
Have a browse around the Church House Publishing website as there are other things of interest, perhaps https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/reflections-for-daily-prayer   Some of these apps require a subscription, but Daily Prayer is free.




Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230676 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Paul Gribble

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson

Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenfordhttp://www.hessenford.net


Laura to be Ordained

Following her commissioning earlier in the year, that allowed Laura to come and work with us in the parish, Laura will be ordained as Deacon in St Petrocs, Bodmin on the morning of Friday 25th September.

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she prepares for her ordination.


Lynn’s Letter

It has been really good to see everyone getting into the routine of the new service times and the United Benefice service on Sunday was really well attended from church members and visitors across the benefice.

We are now preparing to get back into the week by week management of our churches by getting together as PCC’s and preparing the Annual General Meetings. These annual meeting are important times to catch up on what’s been happening, and the financial situation we find ourselves in after lockdown. Our parishes have been blessed by so many people continuing their regular giving even when not attending the building. This has been really important because whether there is a service or not the building, the insurance, and the maintenance must continue.

Last month our new Curate Laura wrote a piece to explain who she is and what she will be doing. This month one of our Worship Leaders Steve Guffick has written a piece to introduce himself. He is fairly new to the Benefice, so do please say hello and introduce yourself to him when you see him.

Yours in Christ

Canon Lynn

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For this month’s newsletter please click on this link 9. September 2020 Newsletter

And the letter from Steve:

Hi. I am Steve. I am a local worship leader, and for those I have not yet met I moved to the parish at Christmas, in good time to be locked down and kept from meeting everyone properly.

I am married to Anna and have 2 children, Josh and Ben. We also have a very silly dog called Watson to round out the family.

We moved to Seaton from Egloskerry, near Launceston to be nearer Anna’s work.

I work as a carpenter during the day, which keeps me very busy, but some will know that I join the zoom prayers from my van when possible.

I believe my journey to God began the second I was conceived, but God only let me know about it in my mid 30’s following a few traumatic years ending with the death of my father. At the moment I saw him at his bedside I dropped to my knees to pray, a man who hadn’t visited a church other than the odd Christening, since school.

Prayer started me on my way that day, and plays a massive part in my life today. Who wouldn’t want to spend time talking with, listening to, and generally spending time with the creator of the whole universe!

I became a worship leader in my last parish when the Rector left to move back to be near family leaving a 2nd year Curate in charge of 4 churches, and I thought I should try to be useful.

As a worship leader I am trained to lead worship in a number of styles. In my former Parish, I led in multiple churches and styles ranging from a very Anglo Catholic Church, to a joint Methodist/Anglican Church, to family services and baptisms. In addition, I ran café church for adults and children once a month, went into the secondary school to teach and ran “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiatives across all denominations in the town.

Since becoming a leader, I have tried to increase my knowledge and I am now studying towards a diploma of higher education in theology mission and ministry with SWMTC, which is a local course, a branch of Durham university.

It is this extra work that has allowed me to be so involved in church work. If anyone feels called to the worship leader ministry, I would recommend it highly as it’s a rewarding start to church leadership.

We are enjoying our time in the parish so far, despite how unusual a year it has been, and look forward to meeting everyone properly soon.

Steve Guffick

~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

All our public events have been cancelled for the time being but we are meeting online where we can.

Zoom Pub Theology

Now running fortnightly in September

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet via Zoom from 7.30 – 8.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

Topics:       TBA….please let Ricahrd have any suggestions

For a Zoom link or enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333) or email on richard.laugharne@nhs.net

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Community responds through Church and School to help Downderry families

St Nicolas Church, Downderry

The folk at St Nicolas Church were delighted that so many members of our wider community joined the  initiative to help support needs arising from Covid-19 in our local school. In all we provided food boxes to the school to the value of £1,120. This was made so much easier by our good friends Kim and Richard at Downderry Stores who made up the boxes and added a contribution to each and every box – so yet one more big THANK YOU to them – and to all who contributed so generously.

We still hold a balance and we propose to support the school with around half of that to enable magical and educational books to be purchased to assist children whose educational needs fell behind while the school was closed. The remainder we will hold, earmarked for any second wave of Covid-19 and emerging needs identified by the school community.

The school deserves appreciation from us all for their dedication and commitment during the pandemic – in addition to meeting all the ever-changing requirements placed upon them, they have looked carefully at the needs of each individual child and put strategies in place to ‘close the gap’.

The willing support of so many people in the community was greatly appreciated by the Head of School – Jake Imrie – and his staff, as well as the St Nics community and the wider Parish of St Germans.  Once again our community has seen a need and responded to it.

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Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

Currently cancelled, but work going on in the background

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

If you’d like to help out please speak to Evelyn or ring her on 01503 230449

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt


Events at St Germans Priory Church


None at present



Services and events in our other Benefice Churches

Please refer to details found here


St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. Board of Priory Trustees Chair- Richard Laugharne Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow Secretary – Brenda Daw Support Officer – Jo Rimron Ann Demaine Peter Daw Hugh Parker Bob Foulkes.

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Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish address for email is:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:

If you are able, please consider a donation to help the work of the church in our community by clicking on the logo:

OUR CHURCHES ARE NOW OPEN…..We look forward to seeing you!

All services will follow government guidelines regarding social distancing – please refer to main page for details.

All services are at 10am unless otherwise noted

1st SundayOct. 4thSheviockCommunion
Oct. 4thDownderryMorning Worship
2nd SundayOct. 11thSt GermansCommunion
Oct. 11thAntonyMorning Prayer BCP
3rd SundayOct. 18thDownderryCommunion
Oct. 18thSheviockMorning Worship
4th SundayOctt. 25thAntonyCommunion BCP
Oct. 25thSt GermansMorning Worship
5th SundayNo fifth SundayUnited Benefice

Plus regular weekday services:

Every TuesdayTidefordCommunion
Every Wednesdayat 5pmDownderryEvening Prayer
Every ThursdayHessenfordMorning Prayer

We will continue to run our online services as below:

Sundays7pmEvening Worship
Mondays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Wednesdays10amMorning Prayer
Thursdays7pmEvening or Night prayer
Fridays10amMorning Prayer
Saturdays7pmEvening or Night prayer

Please email Rev. Lynn, details below, if you would like to join us.

Rev. Lynnparker30@hotmail.com

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Church openings for private prayer and limited visitors:

St Germans Priory church is open between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday and Sunday every week.

St Nicolas Church in Downderry will be open every Wednesday from 10am to 5pm, starting on September 2nd. At 5pm there will be a short prayer service to round off the day.

St Anne’s church at Hessenford is open between 10am and 4pm on Thursday and Sunday every week.

Whilst you are in church please observe all the posted guidelines and refrain from touching any items more than necessary. Please bring your own materials for private prayer.

This website and our A Church Near You sites, in particular the Tideford website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/2567/ will update and maintain resources you can use at home for personal and world prayer. Please also refer to details in the welcome section at left.

A good resource for prayers and services is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online


THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

With the restrictions imposed by the government it is now difficult for us to collect and deliver food to the foodbank

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever as panic buying and wage cuts take effect

How can you help the Foodbank?

The best way to help now is to give money directly to the foodbank – please give what you can using this link:


Alternatively, if your supermarket has a foodbank bin, please put items in there.

If you could help through regular donations they would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. They can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from February 2020

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Paul Gribble

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Peter Daw

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods